Orange infused overnight steel cut oats

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I feel like I’ve been enlightened.





Who knew?!

You didn’t, right? This isn’t something I’ve just been unaware of the whole time is it?

That tends to happen to me. A lot.

Ulysses said they tasted like bubble gum. I don’t agree whatsoever, but that’s not really a bad taste so I figured I’d put it out there for those who might desire some bubblicious at 7am.

These are a totally different ball game than regular overnight oats, which I’m not a huge fan of because of the totally mushy, gummy consistency they have. These are chewy, nutty and have a delicious orange flavor throughout like your morning glass of OJ and oatmeal got frisky in the fridge overnight.

And after attending a birthday party with 15 kids age 4 and under yesterday, that’s about the only kind of friskiness that’s going down over here for a long time.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Orange Infused Overnight Steel Cut Oats
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Chewy, nutty and full of orange flavor. No need to spend 30 minutes cooking these, just mix together and let them do their thing overnight.
Recipe type: breakfast, oatmeal
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup almond milk + ¼ cup in the morning
  • juice of ½ an orange
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon orange extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon ginger
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a seal-able container and let sit overnight in the refrigerator (10-12 hours).
  2. In the morning, add the remaining ¼ cup almond milk to thin the oats out a bit and stir together.
  3. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy cold or microwave for 30 seconds to take the chill off.


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  1. 1

    I love the bright orange spoons and the little oranges. So bright and cheery!

  2. 2

    Yum! I love overnight oats – but just can’t seem to stomach them in cold weather!

  3. 3

    I never had steal cut oats for overnight oatmeal, huh, I’ll have to try it! I love the little spoons you have, so cute, where did you get them?

  4. 6

    Love the idea of overnight steel cut oats. Definitely trying this!

  5. 7

    haha toooo funny about the birthday party, sounds…. fun? I don’t eat oats much but I do remember living steal cut because they are way chewier and more dense and fill me up easier.

  6. 8

    I love overnight oats with rolled oats, but had no idea it also worked with steel cut! The orange and ginger flavor sounds wonderful!

  7. 9

    Oh my goodness! This is so freaky… Right before going to bed last night, I thought about steel cut oats for breakfast. Before I started my blog checks a few minutes ago, I started boiling a pot of water for it. I have not so great strawberries that I was going to soak in orange juice and zest to add into the oats. Then, I read this and started laughing out loud. We are on the same boat today!

  8. 11

    I love steel cut oats, but I had no idea you could use them to make overnight oats! I always thought they would stay too hard without cooking them, so I never tried it. The orange flavor sounds delicious! I’ll have to try this soon.

  9. 13

    Great idea! I was wondering if this would work with steel cut oats!

  10. 15

    I’ve never tried steel cut oats this way! I have made Alton Brown’s version of steel cut overnight oats, but that involved a slow cooker.

  11. 16

    These are great photos. So much light! Seems like a great way to wake up. :)

  12. 18

    Awesome! I just heard about using steel cut oats in overnight oats too, but haven’t tried it yet. Can’t wait because I’m not usually a fan of regular overnight oats for the same reason as you. The orange flavor in yours sounds delicious!

  13. 19

    I’ve really, really tried to like steel cut oats, but I think this recipe might make me LOVE them. Sounds and looks delicious.

  14. 20

    YUM!!! I love this idea! I love OO’s and never thought about citrisy ones! Wonder how else you could use the orange extract. Thanks :)

  15. 21

    Hey Gina,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, I am in Westchester NY. Lovely blog, have added you to my reader.


  16. 22

    I love that you can make the oatmeal the night before and it is ready to go in the morning.

  17. 23

    I had no idea! I love overnight oats and steel cut oats.

  18. 24

    Oats in a mason jar…so presh. I bet this would be amazing with coconut. I’m gonna try it with Trader Joe’s quick cooking steel cut oats–hopefully those’ll work. And I don’t have orange extract..but oh well that’s not stopping me either!!

  19. 25

    I was searching the web for a steel cut overnight oats recipe and yours was the first reliable source! Thanks so much for this! I was successful in my making my own for this morning (without the orange infusion sorry to say) but it’s such a flexible recipe. Love the chewiness. I can’t agree more about mushy oatmeal BARF! Anyway, I love how wholesome your recipes are. Great blog! I will be a continuous follower!

  20. 26

    I tried a variation of this last night. I like it and my husband loved it. We added juice and zest from a whole orange, omitted maple syrup, added 1 cup of frozen blueberries and upped the almond milk to 1 1/2 cups. Also I forgot the ginger and we didn’t have orange essence. It was amazing. I couldn’t finish a whole serving. Definitely a jaw workout!


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